“Hard tech gets caught in this gap,” says Rae, CEO of The Engine. “Can we build a platform that makes it easier and cheaper for an entrepreneur to build a hard tech problem?”
What’s the difference between a hard tech company and a soft tech company? Hard tech lies on years of real science, you can’t hack it together in one night in your dorm room.
Set to open its doors in late April to May, The Engine is located in Central Square at 501 Massachusetts Avenue. It has already opened its application process and is looking to accept 50-60 early stage hard tech startups over the next 12 months.
Regarding the founder community at The Engine, “there’s probably nothing I’ll protect more than making sure that the founders can connect, can be there for each other, helping and pushing each other, because when that’s there, it’s magical,” says Rae, former Managing Director of TechStars Boston